RAND 20/20

A series of remote conversations with our researchers, each featuring a 20-minute presentation and 20 minutes of questions and answers.

Governing by Artificial Intelligence: Promises and Pitfalls

Public institutions across the world are interested in the prospect of leveraging algorithms and powerful artificial intelligence tools for decisionmaking purposes. On July 30, 2020, Osonde Osoba discussed the use of AI systems in governance processes—from facial recognition technologies in state surveillance applications to risk-predictive tools applied in the criminal justice system. He talked about ways to achieve the benefits of these algorithmic tools while avoiding any pitfalls.

COVID-19 Briefing Series

RAND researchers and leaders in conversation with Brandon Baker, vice president of development

A Crisis of Disinformation

The COVID-19 crisis has created an urgent need to help counter a surge in misinformation and attempts to exploit the pandemic through disinformation. On May 22, 2020, Jennifer Kavanagh and Todd Helmus discussed the pandemic’s effect on public trust in important sources of information and institutions that provide information. They described how RAND is working to not only combat disinformation and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis, but also to counter Truth Decay—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in public life.

Communities, Equity, and COVID-19

While we all have been affected in some way by the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic has exposed fissures in our communities, including significant social and systemic inequities. On May 28, 2020, Anita Chandra discussed RAND’s efforts to understand COVID-19’s toll on particularly vulnerable populations. She talked about the short- and long-term impacts of today’s policy choices on economic and health equity, as well as ways RAND research can help decisionmakers strengthen communities for a post-COVID-19 future.

Evidence for Pandemic Recovery Action

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a need for real-time, objective analysis that decisionmakers can use to take action and roll out recovery plans. On June 5, 2020, Peter Hussey and Courtney Gidengil discussed how RAND can help rethink and retool our emergency management systems by assessing rapidly emerging information, synthesizing a range of solutions, and disseminating actionable evidence for immediate response. They talked about ways RAND research can be used to support decisionmaking through the phases of a crisis, from emergency response to recovery and long-term plans to mitigate lasting effects.

Catalyzing Solutions for a Changed World

The Pardee RAND Graduate School is a vital platform for catalyzing new solutions for a fundamentally changed world. On June 11, 2020, Susan Marquis discussed how the graduate school quickly pivoted, initiating a series of projects and partnerships to help communities directly respond to the COVID-19 crisis. She talked about ways Pardee RAND students and leaders are leveraging the school’s new capabilities, including the Tech and Narrative Lab, community partnerships, and policy design studios, to help decisionmakers confront the pandemic head on.

Examining the Post-COVID-19 Workforce

COVID-19 has led to rapidly changing working patterns. Remote working, flexible working, social distancing at work, shift work, and the need to combine caring responsibilities with work may all have impacts on productivity and employee well-being. In this June 19, 2020 video conversation, Christian van Stolk discussed the consequences of COVID-19 from a workforce point of view. He talked about ways RAND research can help policymakers and employers rethink and retool the workplace to support employee health and well-being and maintain productivity in the workforce.